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Yates pays tribute to Yate

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Yates: Impressed by minnows

Yates: Impressed by minnows

Cheltenham boss Mark Yates paid tribute to battling Yate Town after his side came through a testing FA Cup first-round clash.

Two goals in the final stages finally ended the West Country club's run in the competition but they had their chances against the League Two Robins.

"It was a potential banana skin but we have overcome it and played some decent stuff at times," Yates said. "Credit to them - they played really well and did themselves proud. They had a couple of chances in the first half once we'd taken the lead, but apart from that I thought we were pretty comfortable.

"They hit the post straight from our goal when their lad has got free in the box but fortunately it didn't come back to bite us.

"I thought if we had gone for it we could have made it a lot easier but they didn't deserve a drubbing as they did non-league football and Yate Town proud. I thought we had another few gears to step up."

A cruel own goal, a Kaid Mohamed header and an injury-time Chris Zebroski strike were enough to take Cheltenham into the second round with a 3-0 win.